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The family farm was sold in the early 80’s and Don and Helen moved into Draper, taking on a gas station and cafe along I-90. The locals became the coffee crew who met up in the mornings and afternoons.
Don was preceded in death by daughters Deb Haka and Donna Westhoff, and siblings, Laura Mae (at age 2), Clarence, Lawrence and Hazel Darnaby.Some of this was probably not legal but what the heck, statute of limitations has probably long passed. There were nephews who were sent to the farm for summer rehabilitation.It was a pretty good life for everyone and seldom a dull moment.He was in close combat which was close enough and he learned that the enemy had a diet which had a lot of garlic.He said he knew to pay even closer attention to what was going on if he got a whiff of garlic.Coming back to Draper, Don started wearing many hats.
He was a husband, father, farmer, Pee Wee baseball coach, school board member, American Legion Commander, South Dakota Democratic Party County Chair, town team basketball coach, and all this while farming and raising a family.
After Thanksgiving of 1954, Don showed up in Indiana on Helen’s front step. Don got a job in a refrigerator factory in Indiana and planned to settle there. Don’s family asked Don and Helen to come back home and help with the family farm.
Don and Helen sold what they needed to and bought a grain truck to move their household to Draper in March of 1955.
Myrtle ran the local café and Alex was the deputy sheriff and operated the bar.
For many years, Myrtle also worked at the Lyman County Highway Department Office as a clerk. In her spare time, she loved to quilt and do art painting.
Funeral services will be am on Wednesday, December 20th at the United Methodist Church in Kennebec, SD with Rev. On December 10, 1934, she married Alex Mathison in Reliance, SD and they eventually settled on a farm north of Kennebec.